Also, if you are a male Pike/Pyke (or you know one) who may be willing to do a genealogical DNA test, then please check out the Pike DNA Project for which I am a volunteer coordinator. There are several Pike/Pyke families that are not yet represented in the project, and for whom participants are wanted.
In the Name of God Amen I Robert Pike Armourers Mate & now belonging to his Majestys Ship Sterl. Catle being of sound and disposing Mind and Memory do hereby make this my last Will and Testament First and principally I commend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God hoping for remission of all my Sins through the Merits of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer and my Body to the Earth or Sea as it shall please God And as for such worldly Estate and Effects which I shall be possessed of or intitled unto at the time of my Decease I give and bequeath the same as followeth that is to say I Give and bequeath unto my Father Nathaniel Pike now Labourer in his Majesty's Ordinance at Chatham and his heirs all such Wages Sum and Sums of Money as now is or hereafter shall be due to me for my Service or otherwise on board the said Ship or any other Ship or Vessel I Give Bequeath to my Brother Nathaniel Pike Wheeler of Woolwich Warren the Sum of twenty ounds to be paid by my Father Nathal Pike aforesaid In case at my Decease I heave sixty Pound or upward And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Father Nathaniel Pike aforesaid Executor of this my last Will and Testament And I do give and bequeath unto my said Executor all the rest and residue of my Estate whatsoever both real and personal hereby revoking and making void all other and former Wills by me heretofore made And do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this ninth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and 77 and in the seventeenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c Robt Pike LS Signed sealed published and declared by the said above Robert Pike as and for his Will and Testament in the Presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses in the Presence of the said Testator In the Presence of us Witnesses Philip Ansten John Whiffin This Will was proved at London on the fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and Eighty one before the Worshipful Andrew Coltee Ducarel Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Nathaniel Pike the Father of the deceased and sole Executor named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer
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